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The TESSERACTS series is published by a Canadian publisher, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy, and focuses on speculative fiction.
TESSERACTS TWENTY is an anthology series of science fiction stories. Stories have a very futuristic view and reflect how people (humanity) are changed by an increasingly technical world.
My copy is an EBook edition; an ‘Advance Reading Copy’ for reviewers from Library Thing’s Early Review Program. I accepted this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Each story or poem includes details about the author and a link to their blog or website. I liked learning more about these very interesting, clever folks. ‘About the editors’ section was very interesting, also. The comments by the editors really established a sense of cohesion and understanding for this title.
I liked the comments on the title - COMPOSTELA - what the word referred to. This word/title is what drew me to the book as I am a former ‘peregrina’ or pilgrim on the Camino de Compostela. The Camino and the ultimate destination of Compostela, itself, is rife with spirituality, legend and myth. Every pilgrim has his/her own interpretation of and experiences with the ‘way’ and the ‘field of stars’.
I spent some time looking up and thinking about the terms ‘speculative fiction’ and ‘tesseract’. Very interesting. (I keep using the adjective interesting a lot, but all the stories, poems, terms, thoughts were just that - very interesting.)
The writing is very clever and imaginative, thoughtful and interesting, puzzling at times, very technically oriented, dry. I would like to call the writing, Science Fiction Noir, as it fits that area of fiction marked by cynicism, fatalism, bleakness and morally ambiguity.
I thought the first story, “The Tell” by Roxanne Gregory was very reminiscent of the film, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
Many of the stories are quite chilling. I found “Ghost in the machine” especially so.
“Marvin” by Alan Bao is everything I distrust about automation and AI.
“No others like us” by Nancy SM Waldman was notable in that it was not as bleak as some of the others - an almost positive ending.
“In memory of” by Darryl Murphy was an emotional story for me and I felt I could relate to it a bit more.
I also liked the “Last Indie truck stop on Mars” by Linda De Meulemeester. A story set on Mars in the future but with familiar problems of the past.
I recommend this book if you like fast-paced, clever writing; a short story format; poetry; speculative fiction; well-plotted stories and well-developed characters; a lack of emotion or emotional upheaval.
I am interested in reading prior titles - each anthology title has a different objective or story ‘subject’.
While this is a SF work, the selections did not seem to be from an unrealistic future. I could envision most of the scenarios happening in some distant, or not so distant, time period. The only real criticism I have is of the afterword. I think it contained too much of one of the editors personal feelings about politics and religion in his own and other countries. It was unnecessary to the book and ended the experience on a down note for me when I had greatly enjoyed reading everything else.
I received an advance copy of this title and have given my honest opinion of it.
Hades Publications sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It has been published and you can buy a copy now.
There are poems interspersed in the book which changes the pace for you. The writers are: Alan Bao, John Bell, Chantal Boudreau, Leslie Brown, Tanya Bryan, J. R. Campbell, Eric Choi, David Clink, paulo da costa, Miki Dare, Robert Dawson, Linda DeMeulemeester, Steve Fahnestalk, Jacob Fletcher, Catherine Girczyc, R. Gregory, Mary-Jean Harris, Geoffrey Hart, Michaela Hiebert, Matthew Hughes, Guy Immega, Garnet Johnson-Koehn, Michael Johnstone, Cate McBride, Lisa Ann McLean, Rati Mehrotra, Derryl Murphy, Brent Nichols, Susan Pieters, Alexandra Renwick, Rhea Rose, Robert J. Sawyer, Thea van Diepen, Nancy SM Waldman. They are all from Canada. Maybe that's why the stories tasted different to me.
I especially liked the following stories:
The Shoulders of Giants by Robert J Sawyer. They've been a space ship forever. When they reach their destination, they find others got there first...
No Others Like Us by Nancy SM Waldman. What if the planet you went to changed your DNA?
The Shadowed Forest by Rati Mehrota. Imagine being connected 24/7 and never having any secrets. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? She must decide... (Reminded me of 1984 by George Orwell.)
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